At The Bartlett, there's space to think

Bartlett Hacks 2020 is brought to you by The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), which comprises of four specialist institutes: UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute for Environment Design and Engineering, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Our academics and research are known across the world and have helped define policies. Our focus is to build healthier societies and economies ensuring our responsibility to help reduce the climate emergency is listened to and acted on.

Combining architecture and planning with other disciplines such as energy and sustainability, innovation and public policy, at The Bartlett we explore human spaces. Not just physical structures like homes, office blocks and cities, but also the invisible structures that govern them: our laws and political systems, our family groupings and social norms. Even how these things affected by the structure of time: past, present and future.

By sharing our research with leading thinkers from industry, government and beyond, achieving true diversity of perspective and expertise, we can understand how these structures affect the way we live. And we can create a vision of a fairer and more prosperous society.

Although all our work is about the shape and structure of human environments, our ambition is boundless – and the possibilities are endless. See how The Bartlett is building a better future.

mentors

Ani Melkonyan

Ani Melkonyan

‌Associate Prof. Dr. Ani Melkonyan is Executive Director of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic, University of Duisburg-Essen and a senior lecturer for the International Master Studies in Sustainable Urban Systems at the same University. Dr. Ani Melkonyan has been active in research and teaching activities in fundamental areas of sustainable development, the urban ecological environment and particularly with her specialization on climate change impacts on food systems. In her research, she is focused on the design of innovative and systemic solutions addressing sustainable economic growth, climate change, sustainable food supply chains, agriculture systems, long-term policy decision making, sustainable and resilient urban infrastructures, air and water pollution, transport and logistical systems and human well-being.

Carla Washbourne

Carla Washbourne

‌Carla is an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner working at the interface of science and public policy. Her work seeks to understand how decision-making and planning in urban settings is shaped by different kinds of knowledge, centred on environment and sustainability topics. Carla is a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London (UCL) and Research Associate at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO).

Chris Brierley

Chris Brierley

‌Dr Brierley is a climate modeller based in UCL Geography, and convenes its MSc Climate Change. He is a contributing author for the IPCC and is leading analysis of the mid-Holocene experiment in the Climate Model Intercomparison Project , and. He maintains a replica of (a subset of) the climate model projections at UCL. He has also worked on topics ranging from El Nino, uncertainty, climate impacts, pastoralism, reforestation and the social cost of carbon.

Jim Watson

Jim Watson

Jim Watson is Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources. He was previously Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (2013 to 2019). He has over 20 years’ research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policy. He frequently advises UK government departments and other organisations, and has been a Specialist Adviser with three UK Parliamentary committees. He is an expert lead with the UK’s national climate change assembly, a judge for the Queens Awards (sustainable development) and a member of the UK government’s fossil fuel price projections panel.

Jon Morris

Jon Morris

Dr Jon Morris is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at TU Dresden, researching sustainability topics relating to strategic management at the interface between business and governance. His research interests include supply chain management, local and regional environmental governance, and resource efficiency. He has worked on projects involving stakeholders to tackle environmental issues in the context of energy efficiency, lifecycle carbon reduction, and business strategies to deal with water management and other environmental related risks.‌

Konrad Miciukiewicz

Konrad Miciukiewicz

‌Dr Konrad Miciukiewicz is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity. He is an urban planning, social innovation and public engagement expert with extensive experience in running large scale European research projects, including KATARSIS (FP6), SOCIAL POLIS (FP7), SPINDUS (Flemish IWT/SBO), SHUC (JPI) and TRANSMAKING (Horizon2020). His current research explores the role of arts and technology in the design of liveable cities. He has published on social inequalities, urban social cohesion, collaborative planning, public transportation and the urban public realm in Urban Studies, Cities, International Planning Studies and Journal of Urban Design

Lorenzo Lotti

Lorenzo Lotti

‌Lorenzo is an economist at University College of London. He holds a BSc in Economics from University of Genoa, an MSc in International Economics from University of Pavia, an MSc in Economics from UCL and a PhD in Applied Economics. He has worked in the development economics field, with BRAC in Uganda and IFS in India. He is currently working as Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Leader at UCL Bartlett, in the MSc of Economics and Policy of Energy end the Environment (EPEE). Recognised Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Founder of BEET (Behavioural Environmental Economics Team)

Manos Chaniotakis

Manos Chaniotakis

Emmanouil (Manos) Chaniotakis is a lecturer in Transport Modelling and Machine Learning at UCL. His research focuses on modelling and simulation of transportation systems, demand modeling, and machine learning in Transportation. He has been involved in various European and national projects and his research has been published in various journals.

Nino Jordan

Nino Jordan

‌Nino moved from being an activist in the climate justice movement to working at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources. He wrote his PhD at UCL on the governance of supply chain emissions embodied in products. Currently, Nino is programme leader of the MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions and teaches Policies for Sustainable Resources.

Nora Adam

Nora Adam

As a natural scientist, Nora Adam worked in multiple international and interdisciplinary research institutions focusing on ecology, forestry, and biodiversity research. Motivated by the status of biological diversity on Earth, Nora’s work has largely focused on the consequences of genetic and chemical diversity for the productivity, resistance, and stability at population and community levels. As Partnerships and Liaison Officer at UNU-FLORES, Nora aims at mobilising funds as well as building and maintaining effective collaborations with strategic partners to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With her technical expertise, she also contributes to shaping the research agenda of the Institute to promote the Nexus Approach towards the management of environmental resources.‌

Pablo Sendra

Pablo Sendra

Pablo Sendra is Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He is also co-founder and partner of the urban design practice Lugadero and co-founder of the network CivicWise. He develops action research projects and radical teaching in collaboration with community groups and activists in London. He is co-author of Designing Disorder (with Richard Sennett, 2020), Community-Led Regeneration (with Daniel Fitzpatrick, 2020) and co-editor of Civic Practices (with Maria João Pita and Civicwise, 2017).

Rachel Freeman

Rachel Freeman

Rachel Freeman, is a Research Fellow at UCL’s Energy Institute. She is currently working on simulation modelling of the UK’s energy transition towards net zero GHG emissions. The modelling represents the social, political and technological complexity of whole system change. Dr Freeman has years of experience in consulting to large and small organisations, carrying out statistical analysis, software engineering, engineering and economic analysis of energy technologies, carbon footprinting, and energy resource planning. Her academic specialty is in applying systems thinking and systems modelling to improve understanding of complex issues related to sustainability and resilience.

Robert Biel

Robert Biel

Robert Biel is Associate Professor teaching political ecology and an inter-disciplinary Masters module: ‘Food and the City’ at The Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit, UCL. A practising food-grower, aiming for self-sufficiency, Biel experiments a high-intensity Agroecology, emphasing self-organising natural balances and resilience to climate challenges. His recent books include an open-access Creative Commons e-book: Sustainable Food Systems – The Role of the City (UCL Press 2016) and has written regularly for The Ecologist magazine.

Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell is Professor of Environmental Engineering in UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. She is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Fellow working on bottom-up approaches to infrastructure resilience. She is co-investigator on the Natural Environment Research Council funded project ‘Community Water Management for a Liveable London’, leading the community engagement work stream. She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and the Institution of Civil Engineers. Her most recent book ‘Urban Water Sustainability’ was published in 2018 by Routledge Earthscan.

Theo Semertzidis

Theo Semertzidis

Theo is a teaching fellow and deputy director of the MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions at UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources, UCL. He holds a PhD from UCL on the water-energy nexus of hydropower in Brazil. His background is in civil and environmental engineering, and urban planning. His past research includes sustainable development concepts, climate change and sustainable resources, the Resource Nexus and its metrics, energy and water modelling, and future projections and scenarios.‌

judges

Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner

‌Christoph Lindner is Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and Professor in Urban Studies at UCL. His work spans the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields, including architecture, visual culture, geography, media studies, and urban planning and design. In his research and teaching, Christoph is particularly interested in the interrelations between cities, globalisation, and issues of social-spatial inequality, which he approaches from a comparative, transnational perspective. Before joining The Bartlett, he was Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon from 2016-2019. There he launched and directed the UO Slow Lab, a collaborative research initiative promoting critical and creative enquiry into global cultures of speed, mobility, and connectivity. Previously, Christoph was Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, where he created and led the ASCA Cities Project, co-founded the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies (ACGS).

Colin Calder

Colin Calder

‌Colin is the Founder and CEO of PassivSystems developer of an award-winning home energy management services platform. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and an Advisory Board Member to UCL’s International Energy Institute. PassivSystems is a founding member of Energy UK’s New Energy Services & Heat Committee. He is a regular speaker at local and international conferences including World Energy Congress, United Nations sustainable Energy for All and World Economic Forum (WEF). His company has won numerous awards including WEF Technology Pioneer, Global Cleanteh 100 and UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year. In 1999 Colin was a winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Edeltraud Guenther

Edeltraud Guenther

‌Prof. Edeltraud Guenther is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany. An internationally recognized expert in environmental management and sustainability assessment, she took over the leadership of UNU-FLORES on 1 September 2018. Her research focuses on environmental management, accounting, and economics with a focus on corporate responsibility, corporate carbon and climate accounting, life cycle assessment, and sustainable corporate governance.

Paul Ekins

Paul Ekins

‌Paul Ekins is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. In 2011 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the DG Environment Commissioner’s High-Level Economists Expert Group on Resource Efficiency, and in 2012 a member of the European Commission’s European Resource Efficiency Platform. In 2013 he was appointed to UNEP’s International Resource Panel, for whom he was lead author of a major report on resource efficiency at the request of the German Government at the G7 Summit in 2015. He was one of two Co-Chairs of UNEP’s sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), which is the United Nations’ flagship environmental report, and which was presented to the United Nations Environment Assembly in March 2019. He is currently coordinating the Horizon 2020 project INNOPATHS (Innovation Pathways, Strategies and Polices for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe). In 1994 Paul Ekins received UNEP’s Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’.

Philip New

Philip New

‌Philip is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Systems Catapult. Energy Systems Catapult was established in April 2015 with the remit to support the transition of the UK Energy System and enable economic growth from the many commercial and technological opportunities that will be created as the way we make, distribute and use energy undergoes radical change over the coming decades. He is a Commissioner on the global Energy Transition Commission and a member of the Global Futures Council of the World Economic Forum. Philip is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute and sits on various Advisory Panels. Before joining the Catapult, Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of international commercial leadership roles. He established BP’s bio energy businesses and was CEO of BP Alternative Energy, embracing all of BP’s global renewable energy portfolio

Raimund Bleischwitz

Raimund Bleischwitz

‌Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources and Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), UCL. He has been Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and he participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals. Until July 2018, he was Deputy Director of UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR). Raimund has a PhD and a ‘Habilitation’ in economics and more than 250 publications, most recently the Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus and a comment on the circular economy in Nature.

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve

‌Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She is the first female Co-President of the Club of Rome (1968), sits on several Boards, is a senior advisor/Senior Associate for CISL, ETC, Interel and E3G, and is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge. She also holds several advisory positions within the European Commission including Chair of DG R&I Think Tank ESIR (Economic and Societal Implications of Research and Innovation); Co-Chair, Manufacturing Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance/Taxonomy, and Member of the Climate Change Mission Assembly.

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